what I made.

You wake up, pour a cup of coffee, go to work, do stuff. You don’t always realize what you’re creating unless you start out with the intention to do so. It wasn’t until I spent a #selfcareSaturday cozy in bed, in need of a healthy soup that I realized all the creative potential I’ve been tapping into lately.

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Big city, bright lights.

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In the Kitchen: City Girl-Approved Holiday Recipes

The holidays can be hectic. They’re hectic if you’re hosting, wrapping, shopping, planning or just dressing up for the holidays. But it doesn’t have to be. Sure, you can kill yourself trying to read-up on how to marinate a deep fried turkey with sugarplums enough to feed forty people but wouldn’t just be easier (and perhaps, more fun) to learn how to handle some simple dishes you can bring along to any party? My guess is yes.

Feeling saucy? This dessert should be on everybody's "must have" list this season.
Feeling saucy? This dessert should be on everybody’s “must have” list this season. (Read more here.)

Keep reading for some of the best recipes I’ve found that you can use to impress, family, friends, co-workers, boyfriends, girlfriends (and even yourself) over the course of the next few weeks with suggestions on where & when to use them!

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Fall Fitness Tips 101

It’s chilly. You want nothing more than to stay in bed, drink hot cocoa & try out cozy macaroni & cheese recipes. I get it. But you know what will definitely put you on the naughty list as the holidays roll around? Not taking care of yourself.

Lucky for you, I’ve teamed up with collegiate fitness guru Sarah Gaines who knows the ins and outs of eating well and staying fit.

If you're not sure whether or not Sarah is an expert, just check out those abs!
If you’re not sure whether or not Sarah is an expert, just check out those abs! (Photo credit: Sarah Gaines)

Keep reading for her fantastic tips & tricks to living healthier this season!

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The Secrets Starbucks (& Other Sweet Spots) Never Told You

On Tuesday, I was minding my own business, scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed on my lunch break like I do, when I happened upon a post by Marie Claire. Apparently their PR girl had recently been #blessed with the knowledge that Starbucks has a secret menu.

Boston's It Girl runs on Starbucks.
Boston’s It Girl runs on Starbucks.

To be honest, I don’t know how you could not know that as I have been surviving on Tuxedo mochas for as long as I can remember but I digress…

Keep reading for more on the best kept secrets from some of your favorite quick eats!

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A Few Words On the People, Places & Things I Love…

Have you ever done something just because it makes you feel good and then, somewhere along the way, someone says to you, “Hey, you know that thing you do for fun and never expect to be recognized for?  Well, I just want you to know that I think it’s pretty cool.”? That happened to me. Well, kind of.

OOTD's are just the icing on the cake.
OOTD’s are just the icing on the cake.

It all started with an e-mail from The Boston A-List, telling me that I had been nominated, or rather A City Girl’s Guide To Life had been nominated, as Boston’s Best Fashion blog. It was 100% anonymous, 100% unexpected and 100% sweet of whoever it was that is such a fan of my musings that they felt I was deserving to be ranked anywhere on that list.

Keep reading to hear more about the people, places & things that have made all the difference on my blogging journey.

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The Non-Diet Diet

I have a confession to make: I am terrible at maintaining any kind of healthy diet. This could be due, in part, to the fact that my birthday is in the summer and ice cream sundaes are mandatory, all year ’round. I balance this by staying active and drinking lots of water and trying to practice healthy eating habits whenever possible.

There's nothing like fresh bagels to kickstart a busy weekend!
There’s nothing like fresh bagels to kickstart a busy weekend! (at Brooklyn Water Bagels)

Keep reading for my top tips to staying in shape without suffering from foodie F.O.M.O.!

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Boston’s It Girl: In the Kitchen

In keeping with my seasonal initiative to shop as local as possible and take advantage of the fantastic weather, today I’m sharing five fresh recipes using some summer-friendly produce.

Blueberries, cantaloupe, figs, green beans & nectarines are all in season and here are a few fun ways to use them, aside from eating them fresh!

Summertime snacks are on the menu today!
Summertime snacks are on the menu today! (Photo credit)

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